Arsenal vs nottm Forest | With Reiss Nelson serving as the unusual support act, Arsenal defeated Nottingham Forest to retake the top place in the Premier League. Nelson, a winger who spent last season on loan at Feyenoord, proved to be a more than capable replacement for the injured Bukayo Saka.

The winger scored two goals in three minutes at the start of the second half to help Arsenal to their largest victory of the season.

Saka only lasted 27 minutes, but it still managed to set up the first goal, which Gabriel Martinelli headed in to dispel any impression that Mikel Arteta’s pacesetters were worn out after the journey. Before Thomas Partey electrified the Emirates with a thunderous fourth, Nelson took full advantage of his once-in-a-lifetime opportunity with a quickfire double.

For the rabid hosts, Martin degaard added the fifth goal to cap off a horrible afternoon for Forest. In reality, Steve Cooper’s frightened squad never posed a danger to Arsenal, and the gap between the league’s top- and bottom-placed clubs was as expected, enormous.

Arsenal thrash Nottingham

After losing to PSV Eindhoven in the Europa League in the middle of the week, Arteta went back to the lineup that began the draw against Southampton last Saturday. Renan Lodi was promoted to the defence in place of Neco Williams, which was Forest’s lone alteration from the team that shocked Liverpool last week.

The idea that Arsenal’s demanding schedule of Thursday night football was beginning to wear them down was quickly refuted by their strong start. It was a strong reaction to their disappointing performance in the Netherlands, and their lopsided victory increased their chances of winning the Christmas No. 1 place.

Before the World Cup break, trips to Chelsea and Wolves will put Arsenal to the test, but a club that has won 10 of its first 12 league games is keeping Manchester City on their toes.

Arsenal vs nottm Forest Within five minutes, Forest’s game plan was abandoned as Arsenal scored the game’s first goal on their first assault. Martinelli headed a superb cross from the right by Saka past Dean Henderson. In a moving homage to the Arsenal defender who was stabbed during a knife attack in a Milan supermarket on Thursday night, Martinelli dashed to the corner flag and put up a jersey with Pablo Mar’s name.

Gabriel Jesus’ attempt, which just missed the far post as Forest prepared for a lengthy afternoon, put them on guard. Remo Freuler’s long-range attempt was directly into Aaron Ramsdale’s arms, and Cooper was aware that chances were likely to be few and far between.